The Library is now open the following hours Monday-Friday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm. Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 am - 10:00 am for at-risk/seniors. Curbside is still available.
The Library is now open the following hours Monday-Friday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm. Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 am - 10:00 am for at-risk/seniors. Curbside is still available.
 

 

Karalee

  • Reading Together Mother and Daughter 

    When I was learning to read, I was taught that books are written to be read from left to right. I bet that you were taught the same thing. Did you know though that sometimes books don’t follow that rule? It’s true! Some books are meant to be read backwards and forwards, bottom to top, or right to left. 

    Books that you can read backwards and forwards have always made me smile. Here are a few fun books that don’t follow the rule to read left to right: 

    7.13 Little Bro Big SisLITTLE BRO, BIG SIS
    By Rocio Bonilla
    (2019)

    Big sister thinks that her little brother is the worst: he’s so annoying and will not leave her alone. Little brother thinks that his big sister is the worst: she is always bossing him around and telling him what to do. It is so fun to see how each part of this sibling relationship views the other half, and the appreciation they come to have for one another, in this book you have to read from both left to right and right to left to fully understand. 

     

    7.13 The HugTHE HUG
    By Eoin McLaughlin
    Illustrated by Polly Dunbar
    (2019)

    Reading this book from left to right you discover the story of hedgehog too spiky to receive a much-wanted hug. Reading this book from right to left you will find the story of the tortoise too bony to be hugged. Both problems are solved when the two stories meet in the middle and hedgehog and tortoise find one another. This book is full of the most darling illustrations and is not one you will want to miss out on. 

     

    7.13 A Long Way AwayA LONG WAY AWAY
    By Frank Viva
    (2013)

    Start from the top of this story and join in on an adventurous journey from outer space to the deep ocean. Or start from the bottom of the story and climb from the depths of the sea to far away planets. The top to bottom reversibility of this book makes it one that is just too fun to pass by. 

     

    7.13 Mamas Wild ChildMAMA’S WILD CHILD, PAPA’S WILD CHILD
    By Dianna Huts Aston
    Illustrated by Nora Hilb
    (2006)

    Reading this book forwards will tell you about some of the mamas in the animal world and how they love their babies. Reading this book backwards will tell you about some of the papas in the animal world and how they love their little ones. Reading this book in either direction provides you with a sweet look at how parents both human or animal love their children and would do anything for them. 

     

    7.13 What Aunts Do BestWHAT AUNTS DO BEST: WHAT UNCLES DO BEST
    By Laura Numeroff
    Illustrated by Lynn Munsinger
    (2004)

    Aunts are good for all sorts of fun things, like going shopping, watching the late night show or buying you cotton candy. Uncles are good for fun things like going on the roller coaster, building forts and telling silly jokes. Read this book from either end to discover all the great things that aunts and uncles are best at.  Also, be sure to check out the other reversible books in this series about the things that other relatives are good at.

     
  • Library

    Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the challenge of locating a book when you first walk into a library? I know that I have. Each library seems to organize its books differently and I always struggle with figuring out which system is being used. To try and help make life easier I want to share some of the tips I’ve picked up about two of the ways that libraries organize their books.    

    Library of Congress

    The library of congress method was developed specifically for the Library of Congress to organize their books. Everything in the library is divided into 21 subject categories that are identified by letters of the alphabet.

    Ex. Science is identified by the letter Q. 

    Within those categories there are limitless options for subclasses that are identified by a second letter attached to the first.

    Ex. Astronomy is identified by the letters QB. Following the letters, a series of numbers indicates the specific topic of the book.

    Ex. The planet Mars is identified by the number 641. 

    After the subject has been identified, the author’s last name is indicated on the call number by a period, the first letter of the author’s last name and a series of numbers. This is then followed by the year of publication. 

    Thus a completed call number looks something like: QB 641 .C54 2012.               

    Broken down: QB (subject) 641 (specific topic) .C54 (author last name) 2012 (year) 

    Because there are no limits to how many subcategories can be put into one of these call numbers this organizational system works well for very large libraries, such as government or university libraries.               

    Dewey Decimal

    The Dewey Decimal system was developed by Melvil Dewey as a way of arranging all knowledge. In this system, books are organized by fields of study. There are 10 fields which each contain 10 specific sections. In contrast to the Library of Congress method, everything in the Dewey Decimal system is organized by numbers. A broad number indicates one of the 10 fields of study and smaller numbers represent more specific sections.               

    Ex. Books about science are identified by the number 500. Within that, books about space fall under the number 520 and books specifically about Mars are listed as 523.43. 

    Following these numbers, the author is indicated on the call number by the first three letters of their last name. This is then followed by the year of publication. 

    Thus a completed Dewey Decimal call number looks something like: 523.43 LOM 2014.

    Broken down: 523 (general subject) .43 (specific subject) LOM (author last name) 2014 (year)

    Unfortunately, there is a limit to the combination of numbers that can be used in the Dewey Decimal system and so this method tends to work better for smaller libraries, such as school or public libraries. 

    The odds are that one of these methods makes more sense to you than the other and that’s okay. Most people are partial to one organizational method and that is why both are used commonly in different libraries. Hopefully this helps you to understand a little bit about why each method is used and how to better navigate it the next time you visit a library.